G!RO is very pleased to be hosting a very special film night on 23 April to show the critically acclaimed Rising From Ashes movie, which tells the harrowing but inspiring tale of the rise of Team Rwanda Cycling. Narrated by Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker, Rising From Ashes shows how a group of genocide survivors team up with ex-pro cyclist Jock Boyer (first American in the Tour de France) by chance to create a cycling team.
Charting the rise of Team Rwanda and their most famous export Adrien Niyonshuti from wooden bike rider to representing Rwanda at the 2012 London Olympics (currently Team Dimension Data World Tour Team rider), the film is a truly inspirational insight into how the passion, pain and commitment of the founder riders and their coach helped a nation retrieve its pride and hope.
Team Rwanda Cycling is a non-profit organisation and relies heavily on donations and support from the cycling industry and philanthropists worldwide to maintain its training programme, rider salaries and scouting programme across Rwanda. All donations help build an industry and community across Rwanda which gives children and young adults the opportunity to achieve something their parents could never dream of. Team Rwanda is a beacon of hope and inspiration to Rwandans to strive for a better life.
This event is part of a fund-raising campaign for Team Rwanda Cycling being run in the UK in 2016, including a team of fundraisers taking part in a London-Paris ride in July (#TeamRwandaUK). Entry to the event is free of charge (personal donations welcome HERE if you are keen to help), however we are keen for you to participate in our exclusive fund-raising auction on the night of some amazing cycling memorabilia and kit…
Team Rwanda – Cycling Auction!
Bring your wallets/purses/credit cards/cash and bid like crazy people for one or more of our frankly amazing lots! Current items include:
- Signed Evelyn Stevens' Team USA skinsuit from her successful Hour Record attempt in 2016!
- Signed 2015 European Track Champions jersey by Laura Trott and Elinor Barker!
- Signed Nino Schurter 2015 World MTB Champion jersey!
- Signed Team Dimension Data 2016 Paris-Roubaix jersey (whole team), race number and race book!
- Signed Alex Dowsett 2016 Movistar team jersey!
- Signed One Pro Cycling 2016 jersey (2016 Tour du Dubai whole team)!
- Signed Greg Minaar (most successful DH rider of all time) race jersey!
- Signed Rachel Atherton 2015 World MTB Champion jersey!
- Signed Team Rwanda 2016 jersey (whole team)!
- Signed copy of Flying Fergus by Sir Chris Hoy!
- Signed & mounted Geoff Waugh exclusive shot of Bradley Wiggins at Manchester Velodrome (30x20in)!
- Official 2015 Giro d’Italia race book, race polo shirt and baseball cap!
- Two Team Rwanda colours Troy beanies donated by Buffwear UK!
- Half day off-road ‘taster session’ for 2 people with Anna Glowinski (star UK MTB rider and TV presenter on ITV4’s Cycle Show) at a venue in the South East (TBD). Fun guaranteed!
- Full day mountain bike handling session on your local trails with Dave Hemming (former professional international XC & DH MTB racer). He will unveil the dark arts of body mechanics and how to use this to go fast across the ground. He will go through bike set up and biomechanics with you and show you what makes a fast mountain biker tick. He can even teach you the art of a wheelie!
- 4 day all-inclusive training camp at the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Rwanda (HQ of Team Rwanda Cycling). Coaching sessions with our top level ex-Pro coaches, ride & train with 2016 Olympic & World Championship riders and live the life of a international pro rider! For 2 people, flights not included (reserve must be met)
If that is not exciting enough, our auctioneer on the night will be the unique Dan Jarvis, voice of cycling at UCI races around the world and also official announcer of the 2012 London Olympics. Dan is a long-term fan of Team Rwanda and major supporter of the rise of African cycling in general. We are very grateful for his time which he has donated for free for the event.
If you are unable to make the auction but would like to make a donation/bid for any of the items above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!
So we have an idea of numbers, please do drop us a line at email@example.com to confirm your attendance. See you on the 23rd! Starts at 7pm - late